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Det forbudte landshold (2003)

This documentary feature describes the first-ever match of the Tibetan national soccer team, and the circumstances under which it was played. The match was played in Denmark against the ... See full summary »
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This documentary feature describes the first-ever match of the Tibetan national soccer team, and the circumstances under which it was played. The match was played in Denmark against the Greenlandic national team and was preceded by much difficulty for the players and for the Danish enthusiasts who were responsible for the initiative. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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29 May 2003 (Denmark)  »

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The match was played on 30 June 2001 at Vanløse Stadion in Denmark. Greenland won the match 4-1 even though Tibet scored the first goal of the game. See more »

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Moving little documentary about gigantic subject
16 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On the surface, a documentary about a football match between Tibet and Greenland doesn't sound like much. But when you remember that Tibet is unrecognised as a sovereign nation by 180 countries around the globe, the film begins to take on another significance. The Tibetan government in exile, based in northern India, has campaigned for the plight of the Tibetan people to be recognised since 1959. This campaign has fallen on mostly deaf ears. In what may be called a desperate attempt to make the general public listen, several Danish football enthusiasts launched a campaign to organise and train a Tibetan national team, and bring them to Denmark for a match against Greenland - a country only semi-autonomous from Denmark, but which possesses its own national team. This documentary focuses on the training of the team in India, and the political debate in Denmark leading up to the match. The Chinese government threatened sanctions against both Denmark and Greenland if the game was played, and FIFA refused to recognise the match. Tibetan players from all over Europe were denied visas to join the team in Denmark, as their host countries feared reprisals and fines from FIFA. A simple game of football became an international political event. The film focuses mainly on the players of the Tibetan team. Not their lives, or any discussion of how difficult things are for them, and hardly any mention of Tibetan-Chinese relations. Instead the film makers chose to record the emotional impact of what was most likely the most monumental occasion of their lives. This documentary achieves its goal, illuminating governmental hypocrisy with something akin to peaceful, non violent protest - the hallmark of the Tibetan resistance

  • in the form of a football match. Technically, the film is sound


documentary work. There are no experiments, no unusual techniques, just straightforward reporting. Given the sensitivity of the subject, this impersonal technique seems appropriate.


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